Crews searching for missing victim after boating accident

Authorities say one person is dead and another remains missing following a Florence-area boating accident that also injured six others.

Multiple media outlets report that 79-year-old Catherine Ekholm died after a pontoon boat carrying Ekholm and seven others was hit by a barge Saturday night on Wilson Lake in Lauderdale County.

Crew members on the barge were able to rescue six of the victims. They were transported to Muscle Shoals area hospitals.

Rescue crews found the body of Ekholm early Sunday and continued their search for the missing eighth victim, 62-year-old Sid Elliot, on Sunday.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Marine Patrol Division and the U.S. Coast Guard are both investigating the collision.

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